Finn Oscar (4) was born at 29.5 weeks to Claire and Michael Dempsey in 2008. We all live in Dublin, Ireland with our white Alsatian Sophie.
Due to Finn's traumatic birth he had a bleed in his brain that resulted in him being diagnosed with quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy - basically the part of the brain that controls his gross motor skills and means he cannot control his arms and legs as normal. Irish doctors classified him as having a minimal chance of improving his position so we have sought further advice abroad. To date we have been to clinics in Slovakia and we are currently in Toronto to give intense physio to Finn and after constant work at home we have seen small but significant improvements - he can now sit independently for short periods of time and is using his left hand and he loves using the iPad.
Last year Finn was lucky enough to start working at an amazing clinic in Toronto, Canada called Health in Motion where he does 2 hours each day in physio and 1.5 hours of massage and stretching. He went there 3 times last year and he is in the middle of his first trip this year. We are planning 3 more trips this year so he will be spending 20 weeks in total in Canada. We are lucky to have amazing cousins living over there whose hospitality and support have made it all the easier to be away from home for such lengths of time. The improvements he has made in the last year have been amazing, he has learnt to roll, sit by himself and is almost crawling with just a little support. We are really excited to see the results that this year will bring.
Our goal is to help Finn lead as normal a life as possible. We intend to get Finn strong enough via physio so that he can be suitable for a spinal operation to remove his high Tone (rigid arms and legs) - It's called SDR - spinal dorsal rhizotomy, performed in St Louis in the States. The spine is opened and each nerve is examined and the damaged nerves are removed. By removing the damaged spinal nerves it gives him a better chance to balance himself and he will have more control over his limbs and general movement. The operation costs 50K and is obviously serious but is it equally important to follow up with intense physio as the operation removes damaged muscles/nerves in his spine and need to be built back up again over the following months and this accounts for the remaining funds as we intend to hire an SDR experienced physio to live with us for 6 months post Op
Finn is a delightful child and brings great joy and happiness to our lives. He is developing his own personality and has the curiosity and interests of a normal 4 year old
Your donations will go directly to help Finn's physio and operation and large or small are all greatly appreciated. We welcome your comments and questions